JPW appointed to design $250m Riverside Tower development


Property development and real estate private equity firm

LIDIS has announced

Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) as lead architect for Riverside Tower, the $250 million riverfront precinct development in Parramatta.

JPW assumes responsibility as architect, landscape architect, urban designer and interior designer for the new project from LIDIS, which is a joint venture with venue manager Dockside Group and Parramatta City Council (PCC).

“We are thrilled to be appointed for what is an exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime proposition for Parramatta, to reconnect with the river where it all began. This is where the tidal navigation meets freshwater, becoming the town water weir that sustained the early colony,” said Graeme Dix, Director at JPW.

“Our brief was simple: a design for Riverside Tower that enhances and celebrates this past and present and the future of this unique riverfront location,” said Mr Dix.

Riverside Tower is a whole-of-precinct development comprising a residential tower with 413 premium apartments, ground floor public spaces and a grand colonnade along the river foreshore.

It will also include the Discovery Centre, a new cultural and entertainment facility set to replace the current Parramatta Heritage Centre and a ballroom and Conference Centre, with capacity for 1,000 people.

The project has been registered with the Green Building Council of Australia for the Green Star Public Building Design tool for the Discovery Centre and Conference Centre.

Dennis Lidis, founder of LIDIS, said that JPW’s reputation for delivering design excellence is a key asset to the Riverside project.

“JPW is a very highly regarded firm whose experience with delivering complex projects of significant scale speaks for itself - we are delighted to appoint them for Riverside Tower. Graham Dix and Kiong Lee lead a talented team that has extensive experience in designing and bringing to life civil and cultural icons, as Riverside Tower will be for Sydney,” said Mr Lidis.

Riverside Tower is due for completion in 2017.

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